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    20 Tips And Tricks To Maximize Your Kitchen Storage

    When there aren't enough cupboards, try these tips.

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    1. Rearrange your shelves and invest in some acrylic bins, labels, and a Lazy Susan to get the most out of your fridge's storage.

    Check out more fridge organization tips from Clean & Scentsible here.

    Get similar supplies on Amazon: a set of six stackable plastic bins for $34.99, chalkboard labels for $7.95, and a six-inch Lazy Susan for $8.99.

    2. Keep all the plastic bags from your most recent Target run in one stationary place with this bag holder that hangs from any door and stores your bags *inside* your cabinet without taking up any shelf space.


    Promising review: "We love this! We live in an apartment in New York City and storage is always a nightmare, but we need our bags. This hangs neatly inside the cabinet underneath the sink. The clear hooks make it look modern and undetectable from the outside." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $13.87.

    3. Easily locate all your lids with this handy little organizer that'll fit snuggly amongst your mountains of lidless containers.


    Promising review: "I half expected to regret this purchase just because making space for an entire tray in an already-crowded cabinet solely for lids seems counterproductive, but this product has actually really made a difference for me. I have several different types of tupperware and 90% of the lids I have fit into this easily. Now I can stack the actual containers separately without leaving the lids to just sit next to them, taking up space, or standing on their sides, ready to fall out if I move anything. It's been a while since I've heard my husband complain about the tupperware cabinet in general, so for that reason alone I'm glad I purchased this." —KB

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    4. Rid your cabinets of any bulky packaging like pasta, cereal, and snack boxes that take up valuable shelf space. These air-tight storage containers come in four different sizes to help you store foods of any size and keep them fresher longer.


    Promising review: "These are attractive and make it easy to store pantry items. There are so many storage systems out there, but the thing I particularly like about this set is that all the lids are THE SAME SIZE and all the containers have the SAME FOOTPRINT. This makes it so much easier to organize my pantry. I really love these." —M.W.C.

    Get this 5-piece set from Amazon for $29.97.

    5. Stop frantically looking through drawers and cabinets trying to find your measuring cups and spoons or struggling to remember how many cups are in a quart. Instead, turn your measuring nightmare into a dream by simply painting your cupboard door with some chalkboard paint and adding a few hooks.

    Check out the full tutorial here.

    Get the supplies you need on Amazon: a pack of four fine-tip chalk markers for $12.97, a set of ten small Command Hooks for $9.98 (because they won't put holes in your cabinet doors), and a jar of chalkboard paint for $10.32. Don't have time to paint? Try this chalkboard contact paper from Amazon for $12.99.

    6. Eliminate some countertop clutter by swapping your paper towel stand for a wall-mounted paper towel holder that also comes with a little shelf to store your dish soap, hand soap, and sponge.


    Promising review: "I love this thing. We live in a small house so there is not a lot of room in the kitchen and this fits near the sink perfectly. It get my paper towels and spices out of the way. I am thinking of getting one for my travel trailer too." —Michele L.

    Get it from Amazon for $11 (available in eight colors).

    7. Turn that empty top drawer into handy spice storage with inserts that are designed to hold any spice bottle regardless of shape and will have you wishing you'd bought them sooner.


    Promising review: "My spices were stored in a cabinet in an overflowing plastic container and I could never find what I was looking for without taking everything out. What a pain! Thirty minutes after the Youcopia spice liners were delivered, I have a perfectly organized spice drawer. I'm in heaven! Nothing to install—just lay the strips in the drawer and put your spices in. Now when I open the drawer, I see every spice—no more hunting for the right one—and the spices stay put. The drawer I use for spice storage is 19 inches wide, so I ordered two sets of these liners and it was definitely the right way to go. I had to cut a strip off the last one I added to make it fit snugly; it was super easy to cut with scissors and even though it isn't as wide as the other strips I can still store spices or vitamins on it. Money well spent!" —Georgia Girl

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $12.99.

    8. Install an under-sink drawer to keep your cleaning supplies, value-sized dish soap, and new sponges all in one place, so you won't have to use your flashlight to look for them behind the sink pipes.


    Kayla, a writer here at BuzzFeed, owns this and loves it — check out her under-sink drawer review.

    Promising review: "This is the best storage item I have ever found for the cabinet under the kitchen sink. I’ve tried numerous baskets, caddies, turntables, etc. and have never been happy until now. This organizer is built very well. It’s sturdy and holds everything. Cleansers, dishwasher soaps, scrubbers, and much more all fit in the basket, which doesn’t tip when it's pulled out. The top shelf holds taller items like Windex and countertop cleaners. On top of all of that, It's also pretty! I purchased the bronze one and love it. I’m so happy, I will be ordering another one for under the bathroom sink. It’s perfect!" —B. Llorente

    Get it from Amazon for $24.87.

    9. Struggling to find a way to store the tops of your pots and pans? Try this lid organizer with six dividers to hold your bulkier lids. It also can be used to store cupcake tins, plates, and cutting boards.

    Promising review: "It stays in place without the other lids jostling around due to the solid design and rubber feet. It fits nicely in an Ikea 15" wall cabinet. I could see it being useful for other upright storage like plates, serving dishes, cutting boards, cookie sheets, etc." —Midwesterner

    Get it from Amazon for $14.56.

    10. Spice up your life (and your kitchen cabinets) without taking up precious shelf space: Pair a sheet of metal with some magnetic tins.

    These tins come with two types of labels — clear and chalkboard — so you'll never mix up chili powder and paprika ever again.

    Check out the tutorial here.

    Get the set of 12 magnetic tins from Amazon for $17.95.

    11. Take advantage of even the narrowest of spaces with this slide out storage tower. Plus, it has wheels which makes moving it super easy.

    Promising review: "I love this! It may not be beautiful, but it is a great addition to a tiny kitchen. I recently moved and my new house has no pantry space. It has no closets or cubbies to convert. This rolling pantry helps so much. I just shoved my fridge over a couple of inches and it fit perfectly. It may not be huge, but it helped so much with space. It is very sturdy and holds canned goods like a pro." —Kim Y

    Get it from Amazon for $23.60.

    12. Turn that awkward corner cabinet into a Lazy Susan. It could work as extra pantry space, easy storage for pots and pans, or as a useful spot to stash your Tupperware.

    Home Depot

    Get it from Home Depot for $49.35.

    13. Stick this magnetic knife and utensil holder on any wall in your kitchen or even on the side of your fridge so you'll have all the countertop space to slice, dice, and whisk away.


    Promising review: "I want to order another one!!! I wish I had thought to purchase one of these sooner. The magnet is strong and holds plenty of my everyday knives. I decided to put it on the side of my fridge and it stuck when I placed it directly on the fridge. I didn't need anything extra to hold it in place either. I'd like to get one more for the rest of my tools because this is so much better than the knife block! Now I have more counter space." —RayJoni07

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    14. Stack your mixing bowls, measuring cups, and strainer for easier storage with this nine-piece set.


    This nine-piece set includes: a 4.8 quart (10.5-Inch) large mixing bowl, a 3.2 quart (9-inch) colander, a 1.75 quart (7.5-Inch) steel sieve strainer, a 0.5 quart (6-inch) small mixing bowl along with measuring cups —1 cup, 1/2 cup, 1/3 cup, 1/4 cup — and one tablespoon.

    Promising review: "This is a fantastic idea for someone who wants to minimize clutter and maximize storage space — in style. After buying this set, I was able to ditch a heavy set of ceramic mixing bowls, a colander, a strainer, and a set of measuring cups. The plastic used is lightweight AND durable. I get so many compliments on this set from guests." —Mark Meybell

    Get it from Amazon for $29.88 (available in two multicolored sets).

    15. Place a sponge caddy in your sink so your dish sponge isn't just lying around, taking up precious counter space., Amazon

    This caddy is made from rust-free materials so you don't need to worry about discoloration. It has four suction cups to help it stay in place no matter how much water gets on it. The brush holder also extends to hold longer brushes. Plus, it has ventilation holes to help your sponge and brushes dry faster, which ultimately minimizes bacteria growth. WHOO!

    Promising review: "I wanted a simple and inexpensive option to organize my sponges and brushes because I was tired of leaving them either laying on the counter or digging around the dishes in the sink to find them. I came across this caddy and took a chance. I'm so glad I did. This works perfectly. It keeps the counter top clear and the sponge/brush organized. We even use the extra sponge spot for our hand-wash-only knives, to prevent them from accidentally going in the dishwasher." —jicole24

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    16. Mount an organizer rack on your cabinet door to create extra storage for foil, wax paper, and plastic bags.

    Promising review: "I live in a small apartment with only TWO kitchen drawers! I couldn't justify using one drawer on odd shaped tin foil and wax paper boxes, so I screwed this baby on the cabinet door under my sink and use it to hold all of my wrap boxes. It's very sturdy." —Tricia

    Get it from Amazon for $8.85.

    17. Utilize the space under your shelves with these under-shelf baskets. You can use them to store more food in your fridge or keep extra napkins and garbage bags in your cupboards.


    Promising review: "We have a large pantry, but were looking for just a bit more storage. These were the perfect addition! We absolutely love them. They are spacious, sturdy, and do not disrupt the items that are already placed on the shelves. I will be buying more as needed." —Jessi

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $26.92.

    18. Organize your cabinets with these stackable shelves that'll help you use 100% of your vertical cabinet space.

    They're available in silver and bronze.

    Promising review: "I recently moved into a rental home. The kitchen had a vertical three-cabinet unit which looked great for storage, but shockingly had no shelving at all. I was storing my pots and pans in one section and my assorted tupperware-type containers in another; I definitely needed some shelves. These shelving sets did the trick and now I have easy access to whatever I may need." —DVRAddict

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $16.87.

    19. Save yourself some shelf storage and the trouble of searching for lids with these nesting food storage containers.


    These containers are freezer-, microwave-, AND dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "I used to think nothing could help my disastrous storage container cupboard! I was so wrong—this container set is the perfect solution for my messy, mismatched collection of plastic storage containers. The containers fit inside each other, saving a ton of space. The rubber lid lining makes them easy to open and close for kids, and they are super simple to wash. I especially love the color coordination for every different size: the bottom of each container has a colored dot that matches the lid lining color. This set would be a great housewarming gift!" —Courtney

    Get the 12-piece set from Amazon for $27.96.

    20. Hang a basket from removable adhesive hooks under your sink to store small cleaning supplies you don't want to get lost amongst the pipes and larger items. You can also use the hooks for hand towels.

    For more tips on organizing the cabinet underneath your sink, check out this post.

    Get a pack of nine Command Hooks from Amazon for $8.99.

    You looking at how much space you saved after following these tips:


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